World Water Day Hero: Chanda Cheng, RDI Cambodia
March 22nd, World Water Day, is when several thousands of organizations and people around the world celebrate water. It’s an opportunity to learn more about water-related issues, to be inspired, and to inspire others to take action that makes a difference.
Here at Surge, we are especially excited about this year’s theme of water and jobs. The theme focuses on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers’ lives and livelihoods — and even transform societies and economies.
Through our global work, we have met many wonderful local leaders and workers who dedicate so much of their time towards addressing this global water crisis. They are the true heroes in this fight toward water and sanitation for all. So today, we’d like you to join us on a journey around the world — to meet these amazing people — who we are honored to partner with!
Meet Chanda Cheng; Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Surge Partner Organization: Resource Development International, Cambodia (RDIC)
Q: When did you get started working with water and why?
A: I have been working with water since 2009. After working part-time in the RDI lab in 2006, I realized that Cambodia was facing a huge water related problem. I want to help my own people have good water, as well as understand water needs.
Q: Why is water important to you?
A: The reason I am passionate about water is because water is life. We can’t live without it!
Q: What is your favorite memory of working with Surge? Do you have any comments about Surge’s support of your work?
A: My favorite memory of working with Surge was when I first took the Surge team to work in a village in Siem Reap Province. We needed to clean the well, and I had to go into the well to clean out junk. It was kind of scary, but I’m glad I did it! Surge is a great partner to work with because they understand what we do here to help people access clean water and sanitation.
Q: Tell us more about yourself: What are your hobbies? Your interests?
A: One of my hobbies is photography. I also love to play ultimate frisbee in my free time. I am always interested in talking to people and hearing their stories.
Compiled and written by Executive Director Shilpa Alva and Ashley Quinlan, Field Program Development Intern at Surge for Water.